Started in 1950:
Margaret DeForest's ceramics hobby became a family owned business in 1950. The company shut it's doors in 1970.
Was the location of location of the pottery.
When a collector thinks of DeForest, one product springs to mind, the whimsical pigs with the sayings "Go ahead make a pig of yourself!". But the pig jars and serving pieces weren't the only thing in their line. Pieces include condiment jars, salt and peppers, chip and dips, banks and platters.
The most valuable jars in the DeForest line include the Ponytail Girl, Halo Boy and Little King jar. Values can range from $600 to over $1000 depending on the market and method of selling.
Deforest of California, U.S.A.
Fakes and Reproductions:
At the time of this writing, DeForest of California jars do not appear to be reproduced.
The Bottom Line:
DeForest of California is a company that tried to go against the rising trend of Japanese products that started coming ashore about the same time as the company started. DeForest was apparently successful for at least some time, as they stayed in business for twenty years and employing as many as 80 people at their California plant.
Many of the company's jars were wood-toned, which can be confusing to collectors -- as California Originals, Twin Winton and Treasure Craft also produced wood-toned jars in the same time period.
Today's collectors love the pig line of pottery pieces, but check out the other jars in the line, they're equally adorable!
The Complete Cookie Jar Book
Values for jars shown:
Rabbit - $45.
Nun - $125.